Humankind fabricates infrastructure to fulfill its diverse needs. They have been a tangible part of the human lifestyle for a very long time. All infrastructure has a useful life and this cycle must be reinvented at the end of this life.
Humans use huge equipment for storage in several industries. The infrastructure employed for such purposes is built to survive for a very long time. But with the technology constantly evolving, newly efficient and more sustainable types of equipment are being made available, which are rendering the old storage solutions useless.
Naturally, they end up in junkyards which are increasing waste production each day. Barren lands are converted into landfills to hold staggering heaps of waste material. Not only does the land get polluted as the junk remains there for an endless amount of time, but the quality of the surrounding environment also depreciates.
There are several types of equipment that are used for storage by different industries. Steel grain bins are one of the most common systems used in agriculture for the storage of grains. These cylindrical storage silos are widely used in many developed countries on farmlands. They have been in use for a very long time and are now being replaced by tower silos made of concrete and other storage infrastructure.
In the present circumstances of huge food storage demands, these grain bins are losing their relevance of use since they were not designed originally for such capacities. This provides an opportunity to reinvent the way we use grain bins. Repurposing of infrastructure into livable spaces is an ongoing trend. Since these grain bins have stood the test of time for the last 100 years, they can survive for a century more.
Brief: The challenge of the competition is to design a lodging center by repurposing steel grain bins in an innovative way.
Steel grain bins of diameter 21 feet are part of this challenge. The participants are required to use a minimum of 6 such bins (no more than 12 bins) to create a space that can be used by the members of a farming community to lodge their trainees, visiting the farm for training. The lodges can be rented for 2-3 weeks.
The aim of the challenge is to understand how equipment of the past can be repurposed to meet the needs of the present. The recycling of the steel grain bins must be done conscientiously taking into consideration its various limitations.
The lodging center is designed to accommodate agriculture enthusiasts and trainees who will visit the city farms, to gain knowledge about agriculture processes and trade. Privacy and interaction must be guided in the layout as per the nature of the activity. The sociocultural, economic, and environmental settings of context are to be considered in the design.
Space Utilisation: Grain bins are huge entities built crudely and the redesign must use the bin space efficiently. The compact space can be serviced with modular elements.
Accessible: The design must be safe and accommodating to all users.
Ambiance: The planning, planning, ventilation, and materials must create a comfortable aesthetic and convenience for use.
Sustainable: The reuse project must be designed with minimal resources and waste to achieve functional output.
Prize pool of worth 24000$
The prize pool is dependent on the total number of registrations received. Please check the awards and fees section to learn more about it. There will be a total of 100 (20%) entries that will be shortlisted for the final awards. All the shortlisted entries will be entitled to e-certificates.